Orch Kids

Title: Bucket Band Teaching Artist, 18’-19’ School Year
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Site Manager
Classification: Part-time
Hours: Mid-September 2018 – Late May 2019. Teaching takes place after school, Monday-Friday between 3-6 pm.

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team see the way music changes lives on a daily basis. We’re growing and looking for great people who want to share that power of music with our exceptional students.

Organizational Summary:
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s underserved neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programs to make a difference within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, and performance and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and services at no cost. Currently OrchKids works with seven public schools in Baltimore City, serving more than 1,300 children from Pre-K through 11th grade.

Job Summary:
The Bucket Band Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches bucket band classes to students in grades 2-8. Working with larger groups of 15-20 students, the Bucket Band TA works to develop students’ fundamental musicianship skills of ensemble playing, listening ability and internal rhythm. The Bucket Band TA also frequently collaborates with OrchKids staff and teachers to produce creative performances and events that incorporate student composition work, diverse musical genres and community engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach bucket band classes of 15-20 students in grades 2–8, developing students’ listening, improvisatory, and ensemble skills and care for their instrument.
  • Cultivate and maintain a positive classroom environment
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals and guiding principles
  • Perform administrative duties essential to running one’s own classroom, including photocopying, room setup/breakdown, lesson planning, etc.
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids staff


  • Experience teaching elementary music education, with strong skills in rhythmic and improvisatory activities
  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively
  • Punctuality, professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

About the Organization:
Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. Believing that music and mentorship open doors and that every child should have the opportunity to experience making music, the BSO's OrchKids has the following mission: (1) Use music as a vehicle to provide Baltimore City children with mentoring, encouragement and vision for a promising future. (2) Create an after-school program devoted to music appreciation, academics, citizenship, community awareness, family and health (emotional, social and physical). (3) Continue to develop the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as an accessible community resource. For more information, visit OrchKids.org

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin is prohibited.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@BSOmusic.org. No phone calls. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.